“How FIFA’s Structure Lends Itself To Corruption” A FIFA Scandal roundup…

How FIFA’s Structure Lends Itself To Corruption

The U.S. Justice Department says the indictments it handed down Wednesday against soccer officials and sports-marketing executives are just the beginning of its efforts to root out corruption in the sport. A comprehensive investigation might find that the sport’s structure itself makes soccer vulnerable to corruption. FIFA disproportionately favors its smaller states, leaving the most corruptible members with outsize control over the organization.

Sepp Blatter: The man who won’t give up

The man who won’t give up
Palestine’s FIFA motion is part of wider efforts to expose the racist policies of the Israeli occupation.
US will reportedly seek extradition of officials on allegations involving wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering.
FIFA reels from arrests of top officials

US seeks extradition of seven officials of football’s governing body held in Zurich as part of double investigation.
FIFA president says arrests show his efforts to eradicate corruption were working, as England FA head says he must quit.
Soccer Superpower

On July 4, 1988, at a hotel in a suburb of Zurich, the executive committee of soccer’s governing body, FIFA, awarded the right to host the World Cup to the United States. The country was a fútbol backwater. Its last pro league—the one that had imported Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, and other aging international stars—had folded four years earlier. Its men’s national team hadn’t qualified for a World Cup since 1950; stocked with collegians, it was on the cusp of being eliminated from regional qualifying for the 1990 tournament. Its women’s national team, hastily assembled three years earlier, had played just a handful of games.

Everything You Need to Know About FIFA’s Corruption Scandal

This morning, the U.S. Justice Department unsealed a 47-charge induction against executives from soccer’s global governing body. Here’s what it’s all about.

washingtonpost.com – Christopher Ingraham – May 27 – In the end, it only took a $150 million scandal to make Americans care about soccer. FIFA, the notoriously corrupt and yet seemingly invincible governing body of world soccer, has finally landed itself an indictment that some would say is worthy of
theonion.com – May 27, 2:29 PM – ZURICH—After the Justice Department indicted numerous executives from world soccer’s governing body on charges of corruption and bribery, frantic and visibly nervous officials from FIFA held an impromptu press conference Wednesday to
FIFA’s veteran president Sepp Blatter faced angry demands to resign after US indictments and arrests of top lieutenants engulfed the football supremo in crisis heading into an annual congress May 28
Heysel: 30 years on

A reflection on the thirtieth anniversary of the Heysel Stadium disaster – one of football’s worst tragedies.

Heysel Stadium – shortly before the tragedy occurred. Flickr/youtubers watch. Some rights reserved.

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